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Dirk Dee
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Oct 2011
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of.
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7.5
May 2007*
This is really a surprisingly good filler/closer. I'm not a huge fan of blind bidding, but it works quite well here. The pace and the level of control seem best for three players. Thematically this game works, you pick up guys for your crew, low-ball bids for work and grimace when you have to pay your guys when they are sitting around. Everyone is active, with little to no downtime. There aren't an overwhelming amount of important choices, but you always vaguely feel like you are controlling your own destiny as you are constantly playing the odds against the kinds of jobs that will come up and the inevitable paydays. I think it is important to let people know about the frequency/demand that each type of card has. The shovelers are the most commonly needed, then the foremen, then the backhoes, finally the cranes. Really does what it sets out to do effectively.
2007-05-14*
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Garry Lloyd
United Kingdom
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
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7
May 2010
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Olav Müller
Germany
Düsseldorf
Deutschland
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7
Mar 2004*
Hm ... not sure yet. The last game I won, cause I was the only one to score a "8 million" contract just before the last payday. My fellow players couldn't bid for the job, so it was a sure thing ...
2004-03-18*
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Tad Ito
Japan
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7
May 2004*
Not so bad! To make ajust timing of pay-day card like "Alhambra" is to be good ballance.
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2004-05-19*
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TOKYO Heartbroken
England
York
North Yorkshire
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7
Aug 2004*
I enjoyed this. A light simple auction game with nice mechanisms, fast play and amusing graphics. Under-rated here. Worth picking up, a good quick filler.
2004-08-29*
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SeonGyo Lee
South Korea
Gimpo
GyungGy-Do
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7
May 2005*
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Wolfgang Friebe
Germany
Münster
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7
Nov 2005*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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7
Nov 2006*
Bidding for construction jobs & meeting payroll are tricky work in this fine game that was pretty much overlooked when it was released.

UPDATE: Continues to be overlooked... and occasionally dismissed as "blind bidding." Let's be clear here, people - if you're paying attention, this is NOT blind bidding. Sheesh.
2009-10-26
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Apr 2007*
Nothing to dislike here.........I need a building permit to play though.
2007-04-18*
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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7
Nov 2007*
A slightly odd cardgame that works pretty well. You have a hand of workers/plant, and aim to blind bid low to win contracts for specific sets of worker/plants. This earns you the bid value, but ties up your workers for a turn or two. This restricts your ability to satisfy subsequent contract requirements, but contracts also include "paydays" which require every player to pay unemployed workers in their hand so it's sometimes good to have few workers sitting idle.
2007-11-07*
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Patricio Petersen
Chile
Santiago
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Aug 2007*
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Eiichi Hayatsu
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Feb 2009*
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Elizabeth Jensen
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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7
Jul 2009*
The low bid wins the job and gets the money, but players have to know when it is safe to bid high and rake in the bucks. It is a quick game, not difficult to learn.
2009-07-16
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Reinaldo Guazzelli
Brazil
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7
Feb 2011
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Mika V
Finland
Tampere
Pirkanmaa
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7
May 2011
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kim ki chul
South Korea
dang jin
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7
Feb 2015
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Stefan D.
Germany
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7
Mar 2012
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Péter Czeller
Hungary
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Jul 2012
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masa_Nue Sugata
Japan
Tokyo
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Aug 2014
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Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
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6.5
Jan 2009*
[Ravensburger 2002 edition] {Economic, filler, city-building; blind-bidding, hand management, drafting; scalable} I like many Franz-Benno Delonge's games. Most of them are fun to play and suitable for non-gamers. Zahltag is no exception. It is a nice filler - thematic, engaging, interactive and tactical. It is engaging because players can take risk to hold their workers for better contracts even though a pay day is coming. Like many auction games, it is about how to get a bargain deal when other players are occupied and cannot compete with you.

Franz-Benno Delonge really like blind-bidding / auction mechanic.

The illustration of card is very funny. Each contract is unique! I like them very much. However, the standard card back of Ravensburger bugged me However, it is better if they provide 9 bidding cards, rather than 5.
2008-07-11*
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André Kretzschmar
Germany
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6.5
Sep 2008*
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Herald Claeys
Belgium
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6.5
Oct 2011
Essen 2010
2013-11-26
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taka higu
Japan
Kita-ku
Tokyo
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6.5
Dec 2014
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Jürgen E
Germany
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6.5
Dec 2012
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Dave OConnor
United States
San Diego
California
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6
Aug 2004*
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Do-hyeon Kim
South Korea
Uiwang-si
Gyeonggi-Do
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6
Dec 2007*
reviewed on my blog.
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Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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6
Nov 2007*
Quick light blind bidding game.
2007-11-28*
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oskari
Finland
Helsinki
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Jul 2007*
Mostly about card counting, and a little bit longish. Quite fun, though. Probably best with four.
2007-07-19*
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Tim Myers
United States
Salem
Wisconsin
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6
Oct 2007*
Rating of 6 based on 2 player game. I think a 3 or 4 player game would be much more exciting but 2 was not bad. Played in little over 1/2 hour. I do not think that more players will increase the time by much because the game will end when the 5th payday card is drawn, whether 2, 3 or 4 players are playing.
2007-10-02*
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Marco Lippolis
Italy
Trieste
Friuli Venezia Giulia
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6
Jun 2008*
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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6
Mar 2011
I definitely enjoy the theme of this game - it's nice to have one that's contemporary that doesn't involve fantasy/scifi elements. Since it revolves around underbidding, it makes sense to have the theme involve construction. I also like how the workers used are put out of commission for a period of time.

I think I like the idea of the game more than how it eventually turned out. I think I enjoy blind bidding, but undercutting your opponents never is really as interesting as it seems like it would be (I'm thinking of Fantasy Business). It also seems like memorization plays a huge role in this game, as if you knew what cards your opponents held you would be unstoppable.

Still though, for a filler, it doesn't seem like many people would invest that type of brain power, and for a quick activity, it's not bad. Not exciting, but not unpleasant - the game length feels about right.
2011-03-30
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Toshiaki Sakai
Japan
Kiryu-shi
Gunma-ken
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Apr 2011
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Mc Goe
Netherlands
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6
Oct 2012
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Jürgen Neidhardt
Germany
Wildeshausen
Niedersachsen
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6
Apr 2013
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Juan José Fernández Quiroga
Chile
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5.2
Jul 2008*
Este fue mi primer juego alemán que jugué. Tiene un valor sentimental especial para mí.
2008-03-29*
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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5
Feb 2004*
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Nils Lilienthal
Germany
Aachen
NRW
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Jan 2006*
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Michael Christopher
United States
Burien
WA
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Nov 2008*
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dagmar
Netherlands
Voorhout
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5
Sep 2009*
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Benoît Christen
France
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Nov 2011
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Krzysztof Matusik
Poland
Andrychów
Małopolska
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Nov 2012
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Doc Rene
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Dec 2012
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Tsuguto Tsuneji
Japan
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Jun 2013
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Jan K
Germany
Braunschweig
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Oct 2007*
[german version] I have an older version in white package published by Parker
2007-10-23*
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Hisashi Ishikawa
Japan
Chofu-shi
Tokyo
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Jan 2010*
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Patrick OBrien
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Stefan Brück
Germany
Bernau
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Steven Kosakowski
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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Noah Bast
United States
Henrietta
New York
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